Originally Posted by Beatts35
I disagree with you, first open strikes are as powerful or more powerfull than a fist, they offer less risk of self injury than a fist. your palm and your hands heel cover more surface area and are much more blunt than your 2 knuckles. And neck strikes can be far better at knocking someone out with far less power then the shot on the jaw. it is one part technique, one part blood flow interupt and one part nerve strike.most mma guys really on boxing and kickboxing because thats what the other guy is using.
any good strike gets its power from your hips, that has much more importance in the end then closing your fist or leaving your hand open.
check out a 70year old droping guys with open hand neck strikes http://www.polanderkempo.com/PK_Acti...etter/Main.asp
gloves offer more protection then swinging with an open palm. you cant bend your wrist when its taped up with athletic tape and gauze, then placed inside a 4. oz NHB glove. and a straight shot to the chin will KTFO people, and a shot to the neck so hard that it cuts off blood to the brain is a ridiculously hard to do
plus, who the fuck stands up straight with his neck out? they duck their head and cover their faces with their hands, you'll never land that. hitting the face is actually easier because its more exposed, even though its covered by the hands.
i have a black belt in kung fu. i've heard all the reasoning by traditional martial artists that MMA is just not efficent and its lucky strikes, just throw and hope to connect.
but theres a reason that Muay Thai, Boxing, and kickboxing are the primary tools of an MMA fighter. because its simple, and its proven. no MMA fighter should waste their time learning TMA's fundamentals and forms.